Maayan Jaffe
Staff Reporter

JUNE 29, 2007

On the outside, Steve Mandell is your average Jewish Baltimorean, described by colleagues as smart and thoughtful. But underneath his reserved computer scientist guise, Mr. Mandell “is a quiet hero,” according to Linda Klein, director of the Red Cross Holocaust and War Victims Tracing Center in Baltimore.

One of the founders of the tracing center — and 21 years later an active volunteer and advisor — Mr. Mandell was honored by the Red Cross last Monday, June 25, at its “Hometown Heroes” reception at the Sheraton Inner Harbor. He received a plaque for his work, which involved setting up a computer system for connecting Holocaust survivors in the United States to information about their lost family members, housed at the International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen, Germany.